Endangered Species Act and incentives for private landowners
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Endangered Species Act and incentives for private landowners hearing before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, first session, July 13, 2005. by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works. Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water.

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  • Endangered species -- Law and legislation -- United States,
  • Wildlife conservation -- Law and legislation -- United States,
  • Habitat conservation -- Law and legislation -- United States,
  • Landowners -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States

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Edition Notes

SeriesS. hrg -- 109-914
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 97 p. ;
Number of Pages97
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15983998M
ISBN 10016079272X
ISBN 109780160792724
LC Control Number2007467231

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  Instead of punishing private landowners, we should do more to incentivize voluntary conservation of endangered species and their habitats Instead of counterproductive regulations like this, we need more creativity, partnerships, and positive incentives to preserve and restore habitat for species.   Landowners can be rewarded with regulatory relief if an endangered species’ status improves, and they will have ample incentives to recover threatened species to .   The Endangered Species Act imposes significant regulatory burdens on anyone who owns land where endangered and threatened species or their habitats are found. The predictable result of such burdens is to discourage landowners from accommodating rare species or .   This could severely undermine endangered species recovery efforts under the ESA, because more than half of the listed endangered species have at least 80% of their habitat on private land. Furthermore, it has been widely maintained that a common reaction by landowners to the prospect of these restrictions is to “shoot, shovel, and shut up”.

  Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity to testify today regarding the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and incentives for private landowners. Passed in , the ESA is intended to conserve plant and animal species that, despite other conservation laws, are in danger of extinction. "This book takes on the complex issues of how landowners can conserve wildlife, access public and private support for doing so, and avoid regulation under the Endangered Species Act. This practical, well organized book is a valuable resource for landowners, partner organizations, government officials, students, and policymakers alike.".   Landowners – including private citizens, tribes, conservation organizations, businesses, state and local agencies, other federal agencies – have all contributed to these efforts. If you are interested in helping recover listed species or improving the status of candidate or other unlisted species, or if you have a project that may affect. The Endangered Species Act of (ESA) provides a comprehensive approach to the complex problem of species extinction. The act was born in the heyday of American environmental legislation, a period in the s and s that saw the enactment of many major statutes passed.

Specifically, under Section 9 of the act, it is illegal for a private landowner to engage in activities that could harm an endangered species, including habitat modification, without first obtaining a federal permit. Knowing violations can lead to fines of up to $25, and even jail time. Under the Endangered Species Act of in the United States, species may be listed as "endangered" or "threatened".The Salt Creek tiger beetle (Cicindela nevadica lincolniana) is an example of an endangered subspecies protected under the US Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the National Marine Fisheries Service are held responsible for classifying and protecting endangered species. Consequently, landowners have little incentive to help reduce threats to an endangered species. Even if the species were to be down-listed to “threatened” status, the landowner would. Using Economic Incentives to Shelter Endangered Species on Private Lands Edited by Jason F. Shogren In this book, lawyers, economists, political scientists, historians, and zoologists come together to assess the challenges and opportunities for using economic incentives as compensation for protecting species at risk on private property.